About the Irene Hirano and Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Society

The U.S.-Japan Council’s Planned Giving program will help sustain the future of the Council by providing a solid financial foundation. Leave a meaningful legacy while honoring the legacy of the visionary co-founders of the USJC, Irene Hirano Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Join the Irene Hirano and Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Society. Ensure that USJC will continue to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations by developing future Japanese American and other diverse leaders.

Top Reasons to Give Now


Develop and connect new generations of Japanese American and other diverse leaders.


Inspire and enable Americans and Japanese to work together on a people-to-people basis to address and create solutions to mutual concerns.


Leave a lasting legacy that reflects your values and serves as a reminder to your children and future generations.

“My perception of leadership has changed by this program. As a member of the next generation, my dream is to become a medical researcher because I want to help people and create a world where diversity is respected… and I know I can’t change the world alone but I will take small actions for the better. Let’s work together to build a bright and wonderful future together.”

~Ayaka Ueda TOMODACHI Toshizo Watanabe Leadership Program

Legacy Society Membership Benefits

⊛ Recognition in our Annual Report
⊛ Invitations to special events
⊛ Income tax deduction

Share your legacy. Become a part of the Irene Hirano and Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Society.

Those wishing to leave a legacy gift in Japan should contact the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan), a certified tax-exempt charity organization.

Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].

“My commitment to give to the Irene Hirano and Senator Daniel Inouye Legacy Society is rooted in the gratitude I have for those who’ve gone before me. My hope is that this commitment would play a small role in amplifying the next generation’s impact on the U.S.-Japan relationship for years to come.“

~Josh Morey
USJC Board Member / ELP ‘16

Opportunities to Give

Bequests and Trust Transfers

Gifts of Retirement Assets

Gifts of Life Insurance


Charitable Remainder Trust

Charitable Gift Annuity

Charitable Lead Trusts

To ensure that your exact intentions are carried out, wills, codicils, trusts and beneficiary designations should be prepared by and with the advice of your attorney. Refer to the guidelines on the Resources section, which you can discuss with your advisors to make a long-lasting impact on U.S.-Japan relations.

Why I’m Giving:

The U.S.-Japan Council is truly worthy of philanthropic support. Beyond the bilateral relationship at the macro level, my involvement with USJC has allowed me to reconnect with friends from decades ago and form new friendships with a dynamic, younger generation crowd that will be instrumental in shaping the future of the two countries.  With the establishment of the Irene Hirano and Sen. Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Society, it is now possible to make a planned giving bequest to the USJC through one’s 401(k) plan with several mouse clicks.  I have done so and humbly urge those who have an affinity to the U.S.-Japan relationship to consider doing so as well.”

~Eiich Kuwana
USJC Board Member

“I have committed my professional life to the U.S.-Japan Alliance and I believe that USJC’s work is the most impactful in fostering next generation support to the bilateral relationship. By including USJC in my planned giving, I ensure that the Council’s work continues into the future.”

~Suzanne Basalla
USJC President & CEO

When it comes to planned giving and leaving a legacy of support, recognizing the U.S.-Japan Council’s critical mission we wanted to ensure that our support for the mission was enduring. Having spent 8 fantastic years living in Japan we have a great appreciation for the importance of strengthening the ties between the two countries. Providing for the development of future leadership in a meaningful peer to peer organization resonates with us and it is our pleasure to provide a planned giving gift to USJC.

~Lisa and Randall Chafetz


Sample Language

“I give and bequeath the sum of $_____ or _____% of my residuary estate to the U.S.-Japan Council, federal tax identification number 90-0447211 and having an address at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036, to be used in support of its general purposes.”

“I give and bequeath the sum of $_____ or _____% of my residuary estate to the U.S.-Japan Council, federal tax identification number 90-0447211 and having an address at 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036, to be used by it to create the _____ Family Fund, a perpetual endowment fund, the income of which is to be paid _____________ for its general purposes.”

Please be sure to consult with your legal and tax advisors to determine the best way for you to give to the U.S.-Japan Council as part of your estate planning.

Major Gifts Program

The U.S.-Japan Council’s mission of developing and connecting next generation leaders is magnified and our impact amplified when we stand together. That’s where your major gift can play a transformational role. 

Major gifts are catalysts. Unlike planned gifts that shape our future, major gifts are engines that propel us forward today. Such large contributions are sourced from a donor’s current income or assets. Major gifts provide immediate support that enables USJC to address current needs.

USJC is most grateful for the generosity of visionaries like Michael Lerch, the esteemed founder, president and global chief investment officer of Evolution Financial Group.  Learn more about what Michael gave and what motivated him to give to USJC.

Contact Us 

If you want to raise your hand with a pledge or a question, please contact us at [email protected].

Organization Name: U.S.-Japan Council
Address: 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036
Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN): 90-0447211
Email: [email protected]